Annual Report 2023: Coexisting with Cats

African Leopard female at sunrise, Kafue National Park, Zambia
© Sebastian Kennerknecht

Annual Report 2023: Coexisting with Cats

Our 2023 Annual Report celebrates our recent progress towards creating a world in which humans can coexist with wild cats. While human-cat conflict is a very real threat to wild cats while also posing challenges to human communities, Panthera, our partners, and communities take measures to promote coexistence between people and these iconic felines. When wild cats can live safely alongside people, everyone benefits.

Look inside our Annual Report for stories from the past year about your favorite wild cats and the places where we ensure they can live peacefully with people. From Kafue National Park in Zambia to Malaysian Borneo, wild cats create a healthier world for us all.

Catscape SPOTlights

Here’s a sneak peek into the stories of some amazing catscapes (ecosystems in which multiple species of wild cats live), which made leaps and bounds for felines last year.

© Abby Harding

Greater Kafue Ecosystem, Zambia

With Kafue National Park at its center, the Greater Kafue Ecosystem houses three big cat species: lions, leopards and cheetahs. Our comprehensive efforts here, including using livestock enclosures, GPS collars, wildlife values credits and snare collection, emphasize the importance of integrated conservation strategies that incorporate local communities, robust law enforcement and protection partnerships and scientific research to ensure a future for wild cats.

© Panthera/Sabah Forestry Department

Deramakot/Tangkulap Forest Reserve, Malaysian Borneo

Sunda clouded leopards and marbled cats, two small wild cat species deeply reliant on the forest habitats of Borneo, are seriously threatened by habitat loss, agricultural expansion, direct killing, and prey scarcity. In this critical, highly biodiverse catscape. We collect data on these wild cats using camera surveys, training sessions on community mapping and advising governments to reduce poaching and increase patrols. The program has now collected 10 years of data.

© Panthera Honduras

Guatemala-Honduras Binational Corridor

Panthera has supported partners who participate in counter-wildlife crime patrols in this region plagued by poaching of wildlife, including jaguars, pumas, peccaries and tapirs. We forged partnerships with local communities and ranchers through education on mitigation strategies, model farms and anti-predation measures.

© Paolo Strampelli

Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal

Niokolo-Koba is an important habitat for some of West Africa’s last lions and leopards. In 2023, we expanded park protection, infrastructure development and capacity building, aiming to restore populations of these threatened big cats.

© Michael Kodas

Olympic Peninsula, Washington, United States

The Olympic Cougar Project in Washington State made strides for a puma population threatened by a lack of habitat connectivity. In 2023, the program supported the creation of a statewide Washington Habitat Connectivity Action Plan, conducted a feasibility study of wildlife connectivity infrastructure and worked closely with Indigenous communities to launch new policy interventions.

© Panthera Malaysia/DWNP

Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

Taman Negara National Park, situated in Peninsular Malaysia, is a refuge for some of Asia’s most endangered wildlife, including the rare Malayan tiger. We’ve continued to witness a long-term reduction in poaching, especially in the park’s Kenyir section, where zero poaching snares have been reported over the last three years. Last year, we also helped train hundreds of personnel to improve enforcement and legal response to wildlife crimes.

“Panthera sought to deepen our commitment to building a world in which wild cats and humans thrive alongside one another. We have all learned a valuable lesson: the era of isolated wildlife sanctuaries is over. Today, every conservation project is a building block in fostering coexistence between wild cats and human communities.”

Fred Launay, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Our Collective Impact on Wild Cats

Here are just a few statistics illustrating our shared impact on wild cats in 2023.

“Panthera’s science-based, data-driven approach to wild cat conservation continues to advance while our conservation action best practices continue to spread globally.”

Jon Ayers
Board Chair

© Royal Commission for AlUla
© Rodger Jardine/Panthera